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Chapter 2: Queer Theory as Cultural Politics
Many years ago, when I was still in the closet and struggling with my sexual orientation, I brought home a college friend who I found out a decade later was gay. When we were classmates, neither he nor I discussed being gay, and we never did anything remotely physical, but there was a certain bond of friendship that enabled us to enjoy one another's company even though we were quite different. He was an engineer and I was an English major; he liked team sports and I liked the solitude of running. He appreciated rock and roll, and I opted for folk music.
One of the first times he left our home my mother commented, ...